For once, the WNBA will have the upper hand on its b-ball brethren, as the league of ladies will be the ones to play the first outdoor pro basketball game on the American mainland.
THE SPORTS NETWORK reports that the New York Liberty will host the Indiana Fever on July 19 at Arthur Ashe Stadium - a tennis venue better known as the home of the U.S. Open.
The special summer event will be played out about three months earlier than the scheduled October 10 showdown under the stars, when the Suns & Nuggets face off in another tennis stadium in Indian Wells, California.
Will the WNBA’s early outdoor game take some of the luster off of the NBA’s edition? Probably not. And we’re guessing they’ll be plenty of great seats available in Flushing Meadows.
(*Special editorial note - We had to say “American mainland” since the NBA did hold an open-air contest in 1972 in Puerto Rico - and the island commonwealth is technically part of the United States. The Puerto Rican populace is a bit touchy at the moment, and we don’t want to add any additional ire.)